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So my budget is roughly $750. I'm not looking to overclock or use multiple video cards.

What I want it to do: I'm going to use it for gaming (WoW, Skyrim, BF3, Company of Heroes). I'd like this rig to be able to run on high settings with no lag.

Here's what I'm looking at:

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $59.95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042

Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARS 2TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $79.95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136514

GIGABYTE GV-N550OC-1GI GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 $147.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125367

Rosewill Green Series RG530-S12 530W Continuous $49.99 (down from $74.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182199

CORSAIR Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145348

Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.638731

ASUS P8H67-M LX (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H67 SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.638731

^^ CPU and Mobo are bundled for $363.98 (saves $25.00)

Subtotal: $761.89
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  1. The GTX 550 Ti isnt really that much of a gaming card. Especially if you wanna "run on high settings with no lag".

    I suggest going for atleast a gtx570 or AMD 6850.

    The rest looks fine, but as I wrote above, you put to little money in the gpu, its the most important part in a gaming rig and should be (in most cases) the most expensive one.

    PS: You can easly run WoW and CoH on the 550 Titanium but I have my doubts on newer releases as BF3 and Skyrim.
  2. I'm sure I'll upgrade it in the future, but is it a decent card for now?

    boldor said:
    The GTX 550 Ti isnt really that much of a gaming card. Especially if you wanna "run on high settings with no lag".

    I suggest going for atleast a gtx570 or AMD 6850.

    The rest looks fine, but as I wrote above, you put to little money in the gpu, its the most important part in a gaming rig and should be (in most cases) the most expensive one.

    PS: You can easly run WoW and CoH on the 550 Titanium but I have my doubts on newer releases as BF3 and Skyrim.
  3. cashcow5 said:
    So my budget is roughly $750. I'm not looking to overclock or use multiple video cards.

    What I want it to do: I'm going to use it for gaming (WoW, Skyrim, BF3, Company of Heroes). I'd like this rig to be able to run on high settings with no lag.

    Here's what I'm looking at:

    Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $59.95
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042

    Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARS 2TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $79.95
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136514

    GIGABYTE GV-N550OC-1GI GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 $147.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125367

    Rosewill Green Series RG530-S12 530W Continuous $49.99 (down from $74.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182199

    CORSAIR Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $59.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145348

    Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.638731

    ASUS P8H67-M LX (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H67 SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.638731

    ^^ CPU and Mobo are bundled for $363.98 (saves $25.00)

    Subtotal: $761.89

    Drop that 2600K for a 2500K. That's the most obvious I can see. With the money saved put it into your other components.
  4. For your gaming perspective, you do NOT need an i7. Go for a cheaper i5 2500K, and since you don't want to crossfire, you can get a more expensive GPU.

    To allow future overclocking (trust me, there's no point in getting anything higher than an i3-2100 and NOT getting the K series) You should get a p67 mobo with a 2500k:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.642531

    As for the case, you could probably spend more on that. Right now I have the lian li-k58w and I love the look of it. If you want more zing to the appearance, there are plenty of cases to choose from.

    The western digital green drives are terrible. I'd go for the 1tb Spinpoint F3 (62 bucks on amazon)

    The PSU looks a little shaky. Even though it's 80+ certified, it has nothing much else. I'd spend 10 more bucks on a more reliable brand; corsair.

    The graphics card is the biggest variable here. You could go with a 6850 to start, and then get a 6950 when you need an extra boost.

    OR! You could scrap the i5 idea, go with an i3, get a 6950, and upgrade the CPU later. It all depends on what you think you need.




    Always remember though, take my advice with a grain of salt. Only you know what you want. I'm just here to help suggest!
  5. I am building a new gaming pc and am going the MSI 6950 Twin FroZr 2GB and it looks pretty sweet!

    And as everyone has said drop the i7 and go with the i5 2500k because trust me, as you get more into this kind of stuff you'll want to tweak things. To pair with that I'd go the ASUS P8P67 type of motherboards. It's worth spending alittle more to get something that will last little longer.
  6. littlesam95 said:
    I am building a new gaming pc and am going the MSI 6950 Twin FroZr 2GB and it looks pretty sweet!

    And as everyone has said drop the i7 and go with the i5 2500k because trust me, as you get more into this kind of stuff you'll want to tweak things. To pair with that I'd go the ASUS P8P67 type of motherboards. It's worth spending alittle more to get something that will last little longer.


    Yup. The only problem is a 6950 is a bit above his current $750 Budget. A 6850 should hold you off for a while.

  7. The guy plays WoW and nobody thought of a gtx 560 ? WoW favors Nvidia cards.
  8. Why_Me said:
    The guy plays WoW and nobody thought of a gtx 560 ? WoW favors Nvidia cards.


    That's out of the budget. I don't play WoW, so I wouldn't know. Go ahead and change it to this then:
    GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
  9. Factory over clocked gtx 560 along with an i5 2400 quad core.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042 $59.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016 $59.99 FREE SHIPPING $15 off w/ promo code EMCKEKD73, ends 5/12
    Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157246 $77.99 FREE SHIPPING
    ASRock H61ICAFE LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074 $189.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226092 $42.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996768

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118039 $23.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - OEM

    http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Internal-HD103SJ/dp/B002MQC0P8/ref=sr_1_1?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1304810724&sr=1-1 $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-OEM Drives, HD103SJ

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127565 $249.99 (Before $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) FREE SHIPPING
    MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    Total: $764.92 - $729.92 after promo codes and mail in rebates

    http://www.guru3d.com/article/msi-n560gtx-ti-twin-frozer-ii-review/ <----- review and benchmarks of that MSI gtx 560

    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2011/01/27/msi-geforce-gtx-560-ti-1gb-review/1 <----- review and benchmarks of that MSI gtx 560
  10. Why_Me said:
    Factory over clocked gtx 560 along with an i5 2400 quad core.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042 $59.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016 $59.99 FREE SHIPPING $15 off w/ promo code EMCKEKD73, ends 5/12
    Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157246 $77.99 FREE SHIPPING
    ASRock H61ICAFE LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074 $189.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226092 $42.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996768

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118039 $23.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - OEM

    http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Internal-HD103SJ/dp/B002MQC0P8/ref=sr_1_1?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1304810724&sr=1-1 $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-OEM Drives, HD103SJ

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127565 $249.99 (Before $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) FREE SHIPPING
    MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    Total: $764.92 - $729.92 after promo codes and mail in rebates

    http://www.guru3d.com/article/msi-n560gtx-ti-twin-frozer-ii-review/ <----- review and benchmarks of that MSI gtx 560

    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2011/01/27/msi-geforce-gtx-560-ti-1gb-review/1 <----- review and benchmarks of that MSI gtx 560



    Thank you for all your help. After checking out your recommendations I stumbled upon a bundle... here, check this out:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.639053

    Couple that with the MSI N460GTX video card and do you think I've got a solid machine for WoW? From what I've researched it's an excellent card.
  11. Best answer
    cashcow5 said:
    Thank you for all your help. After checking out your recommendations I stumbled upon a bundle... here, check this out:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.639053

    Couple that with the MSI N460GTX video card and do you think I've got a solid machine for WoW? From what I've researched it's an excellent card.


    That will be great if you plan on upgrading the GPU later, like SLIing the 460s and overclocking the 2500k. From the get-go though, Why me's setup will be quite a bit more powerful, graphics card wise. It all depends on if you want to upgrade later, or just completely replace the system in a few years.
  12. cashcow5 said:
    Thank you for all your help. After checking out your recommendations I stumbled upon a bundle... here, check this out:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.639053

    Couple that with the MSI N460GTX video card and do you think I've got a solid machine for WoW? From what I've researched it's an excellent card.

    Check this out. You have a budget of $750 USD. You do not plan on over clocking, and if you want to game then don't screw yourself on the vid card for a cpu that is going to do you as much good as an extra hole in your head.

    You can find all the bundles you want...I can find thousands of them on newegg...literally but it doesn't change the fact that the build I posted is as good as it gets if you actually plan on gaming.

    Now if I were you I would take that $750 and start buying what I posted up there before MSI or Asrock, or whoever decides to raise the price on newegg. That promo code on that psu ... that's worth $15. ...

    Now if someone could have posted a better build they would have instead of recommending crappy vid cards or vid card that were out of your price range and suggesting a dual core cpu. Now you have a quadcore and a decent vid card. This thread should be done by now.
  13. springhalo said:
    That will be great if you plan on upgrading the GPU later, like SLIing the 460s and overclocking the 2500k. From the get-go though, Why me's setup will be quite a bit more powerful, graphics card wise. It all depends on if you want to upgrade later, or just completely replace the system in a few years.

    Actually it depends mostly on the budget. $750 is $750. It is what it is.
  14. springhalo said:
    That will be great if you plan on upgrading the GPU later, like SLIing the 460s and overclocking the 2500k. From the get-go though, Why me's setup will be quite a bit more powerful, graphics card wise. It all depends on if you want to upgrade later, or just completely replace the system in a few years.


    Thanks for your help as well. Yeah, I think I'm going to go with this build.
  15. Best answer selected by cashcow5.
  16. cashcow5 said:
    Best answer selected by cashcow5.

    nWoW doesn't take advantage of SLI/dual vid cards nor will it ever most likely.
    n
    nYour going to end up with a gtx 460 by the looks of it which gets stomped by the 560....not to mention the 560 is an over clocking monster.
    n
    nTry google and benchmarks next time, and if you play WoW ...read up on it.
  17. cashcow5 said:
    Thanks for your help as well. Yeah, I think I'm going to go with this build.


    I'd still check out why_me's build. the 560Ti is quite a bit better than a 460, about 50% better. With the 460, you should be able to get decent Frames per second (35-45) on all ultra, while with the 560, you should get rather solid 60.

    EDIT: Well, crap. Looks like he's gone.
  18. springhalo said:
    I'd still check out why_me's build. the 560Ti is quite a bit better than a 460, about 50% better. With the 460, you should be able to get decent Frames per second (35-45) on all ultra, while with the 560, you should get rather solid 60.

    EDIT: Well, crap. Looks like he's gone.


    I changed my build to the MSi GTX560. Thanks guys.
  19. cashcow5 said:
    I changed my build to the MSi GTX560. Thanks guys.


    His entire build? Or the combo pack with a 560 instead of a 460?
  20. I ordered the combo pack + the 560. From what I've heard from people it's a solid card. I ended up about $30 over budget, but what the hell. I figure it'll last me longer than the 460 will. In the future I also might get another 560 and OC the proc.
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